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I talked last week about the fact that we like to give gifts to our kids, and one of the reasons for that is that we want to bless our kids, and to see their faces when they open the gifts they get from us.


And we hope that the response will be good, right? You don’t want one of these kinds of responses: “Okayyyyy…thanks a lot…”


We want our kiddos to enjoy the gifts we get them!


I remember one year at Christmas. I think I was about 10 years old. That Christmas, all I got was books. No toys. Just books.


I loved to read, and still do, but when you’re a kid, you don’t want just books, you want toys!


I tried to trade with my younger brother and sister, but they were too busy enjoying their toys to bother with my books.


My reaction to getting them was, “Okayyyyy…thanks a lot….” The only book I remember from the bunch was Tom Sawyer. And I don’t know if that Christmas had anything to do with it, but I never read that book until I was married and had kids of my own.


Well, when Jesus comes again, and he takes his place as the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace, no one’s going to be going, “Okayyyyy…thanks a lot…”


We’re going to be glad and joyous beyond measure.